Police officers in New Jersey swear to uphold the United States Constitution as part of their oath of office. But one cop has decided that, because ‒ in his eyes ‒ President Barack Obama doesn’t follow the document, he doesn’t have to either.
Special Police Officer Richard Recine, a part-time employee of the Borough of Helmetta Police Department, was caught on video saying, “Obama has decimated the friggin’ Constitution, so I don’t give a damn. Because if he doesn’t follow the Constitution we don’t have to.”
The statement was made in response to resident Steve Wronko, who was at the municipal building to serve an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request after being kicked out of the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter earlier in the week, and to complain about recent health code violations there and nepotism stemming from Mayor Nancy Martin.
In 2011, Martin made her son, Brandon Metz, the head of the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter. She also appointed him to Animal Cruelty Investigator, Borough Laborer, Water Meter Reader, and Certified Recycling Coordinator, according to the town website. A Facebook page called Reform Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter claims that there are recurring inhumane practices and state health code violations
Recine was called to the municipal building because Wronko was taking pictures inside. When the cop approached him, Wronko said, “I’ve made objections about what’s going on at the shelter over there,” adding, “My First and Fourth Amendment rights were violated, my civil rights were violated.”